Caring for a newborn is challenging. Even in normal circumstances, as many as 1 in 5 new moms develop postpartum depression. The extra stressors of COVID-19 include infection transmission risks and social distancing that can threaten to a mother’s first days, weeks and months with her infant, especially if support is limited or restricted. The same holds true for dads or partners, who can also be at risk for PPD.

Nurses caring for childbearing families are expert caregivers, educators and advocates regarding mood and anxiety disorders who are eager to aid childbearing families with identifying and securing help and resources for postpartum depression.

Help is available from your pregnancy care provider and nurses, and from Postpartum Support International online ( and at 800-944-4773 (not a crisis line).

Pampers DiapersAWHONN thanks Pampers for their support of this article collection on postpartum depression in new moms, even dads too.

Click on each image for advice from AWHONN nurses for new families dealing with postpartum depression.

postpartum mood disorders: an article on what mom needs to know

sad dad on the floor with his baby

frustrated mom seeks information on computer while holding baby

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Carolyn Davis Cockey, MLS, LCCE, is founding editor of Healthy Mom&Baby, Senior Director of Partnerships & Publications at AWHONN, and a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator in Sarasota, FL.

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